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by John Hopson
Mischannels (also known as mistells) are a common phenomenon on muds and
provide some relatively harmless entertainment and a little embarrassment.
Mischannels occur when a player accidently sends a message incorrectly,
resulting in the message being sent to the wrong player or even to the
wrong channel. Of course, the most extreme version of this is when a
message intended for a private conversation is sent to a global channel.
The players on my mud got in the habit of jokingly rating each other's
mistells as they occurred. The following is a scale for describing the
severity of mistells, from 0 to 10. To get the full effect, imagine
sending these messages to the entire mud by accident.
The "emote" command on my mud is used to tell other players in the room
what your character is doing, so if Bob typed "emote smiles" the room would
see "Bob smiles."
A random flash, meaningful but not really interesting or even suggestive
"emote looks at the book"
A personalized mistell but not suggestive
"So, why do you want to join the army?"
"emote reaches out to run one hand down the side of your neck"
"So, where did you hide the bodies?"
"They're hidden in the secret room behind Kjell's shop"
Fairly explicit mistells
"emote runs his tongue down your leg"
Very revealing mistells
"So you plan to assassinate Leroy for the money?"
Extremely revealing or explicit
"No, this was before I ran up those gambling debts. I killed him because
he was blackmailing Marion about her secret affair with Karjat"
Reveals disastrous details.
"So you're going to distract Modalik while I stab him. Then we loot the
treasury and make our escape through the kitchens."
Delete your character in shame
"Boy, the admins here really suck, don't they?"
April 1999 Imaginary Realities, the magazine of your mind.
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